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Violent protests erupt at the U.S. Capitol, 4 dead

Written by on January 6, 2021

Pro-Trump supporters scaling U.S. Capitol west wall during protest Wednesday. Photo AP/Twitter

By KTSU2 News Service

Violent protest erupted in Washington, D.C.  Wednesday when pro-Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol Building attempting to stop lawmakers from certifying Electoral College votes declaring Joe Biden President-elect.

Thousands of protestors poured onto the Capitol grounds, scaled the west wall, clashed with police, broke past barriers and stormed into the congressional chambers.  

One protestor inside the building was killed when she tried to enter into the U.S. Senate chamber.  She has been identified as Ashli Babbitt,35, of San Diego, Calif. Three other people died from medical emergencies, the Associated Press reported.

Fifty-two people were arrested, Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department officials said.

The Associated Press captured every moment of the violent unrest.

Lawmakers were evacuated from the chambers by police with no injuries. They were in the middle of certifying the Electoral College votes.

Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Browser imposed a 6p.m. curfew and state of public emergency declaration until January 21 as result of the violence on D.C. streets.

After police regained control of the U.S. Capitol building, legislators returned to congressional chambers at 8p.m. solemn, reflective and more determined than ever to certify the Electoral College votes.

Vice President Pence condemned the protests and said peace always prevails.

Many legislators blamed President Trump for the U.S. Capitol melee saying his false claims that he won the U.S. presidential election is what led to the unrest.

They further added that the protesters clash at the U.S. Capitol violated the sacred tenets of American democracy.

New York Congressman Chuck Schumer said January 6, 2021 will forever live infamy.